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Cambridge Rugby Shield


Jan 15

Thank You


Jul 14

Chaplin's Circus

Circus Poster 2014From 23rd to 27th July 2014 Chaplin’s Circus is bringing its brand new show to the Cambridge Rugby Club. The show tells the story of a 1920s circus on the brink of bankruptcy, struggling to survive in a modernizing world. In a last-ditch effort to reverse its ailing fortunes, the circus has enlisted an eccentric inventor, Orville Wright (of Wright Brothers’ fame), to build the world’s first human cannonball.

The show encompasses all of the elements that you would expect to find at a traditional circus (except there are no animals or painted faced-clowns), all weaved together into a pantomime format, to tell a compelling story which is fun for the whole family.

Tickets are on sale at Our members are able to secure a 25% discount by using the promotional code ‘CRUFC’ at checkout.

There are also a number of free circus skills workshops which will be held at the Rugby Club from 21st to 25th July 2014. More information about these workshops can be found at

May 14

Players’ End of Season Dinner and Awards Night

On the 9 May the Club held its End of Season Players’ Dinner and Awards Night, and what a night it was. With representation from the Mini & Youth, Colts, Exiles, Wanderers, Development and 1st XV it was a true “Club Night” and possibly the first time in a long time that so many elements of the Club had been represented. Long may it continue.

The evening started with pre-dinner drinks in the Main Bar and was then followed by an outstanding 4 course meal provided by Flair Catering. In between each course the respective team captains presented their awards and we were very pleased to recognise the following players:

  • 1st XV Players’ Player of the Season – James Ayrton
  • 1st XV Young Player of the Season – Ben Brownlie
  • 1st XV Top Try Scorer – Jim Wigglesworth
  • President’s Award (Most 1st XV Appearances in the Season) - Jack Green
  • Cambridge News Player of the Season – Albert Portsmouth
  • BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Player of the Season – Jack Green
  • The Supporters’ Player of the Season – Jack Green
  • Wanderers & Exiles Players’ Player of the Season – Julian Mannion
  • Wanderers & Exiles  Young Player of the Season – Tim Guite
  • Colts Players’ Player of the Season – Luca Williams

Alan Banks, our illustrious President closed the dinner with one of his memorable speeches and then the “party began.” It is fair to say that everyone enjoyed themselves and I expect there were one or two sore heads in the morning.

We’d like to thank Mark Taylor (Cambridge News) and Steve “Jacko” Jackson (BBC Cambridgeshire News) for attending the dinner and for their respective awards and we look forward to making next season’s dinner, BIGGER and BETTER.

May 14

Changing Room Project

The club is about to embark on a major project to provide new changing room facilities at Grantchester Road.

As many of you are aware, we currently only have two indoor changing rooms supplemented by the temporary port-a-cabins together with shared showering facilities.

In the modern era with our large Mini & Youth membership, the growth in women's rugby and the use of our club house by many in our local community, we need to provide facilities that are fit for purpose - and are safe! To this end we have designed a scheme to refurbish the existing facilities and provide up to 6 new changing rooms in two phases:

  • The first phase provides for the refurbishment of two existing changing rooms, the provision of four new changing rooms, gym, physio room and additional WC facilities.
  • The second phase would add two more changing rooms and a Multi-purpose room. 

We will be undertaking a Public Consultation of the plans at the club on Wednesday 7th May between 4.00pm and 8.00pm to which you are invited. Once the consultation process is complete, and we have taken into account any constructive comments, we will circulate the plans.

Our aim is to submit a planning application to Cambridge City Council towards the end of May. This will be for the new facilities and an extension to the temporary planning consent we have for the port-a-cabins.

We are currently looking at funding options and the plan is to set about raising the funds to implement Phase one as soon as we have the planning consent. We anticipate it may take up to three years to raise the necessary funds and to implement Phase one.

The club is being supported by a number of members providing their professional expertise in designing and implementing this plan and we are very grateful for their support. If any of you would like to get involved in the project, in any way, or the fund raising side, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

This is such an important project for the club and we look forward to your support.

Apr 14

Colts, Coaches, Exiles & Wanderers

Colts & Coaches 12 - 12 Exiles & Wanderers

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Saturday 26th April saw what I believe was a first for the club; Colts and Coaches XV vs Wanderers and Exiles XV, that was one of the pre-game activities for the final home game of the season.

I’m not sure whose idea this fixture was, so I’ll give credit to Dave Cleaver, the outgoing Colts head coach who pushed the organisation and rounded up a referee and willing coaches to bolster the Colts. It seems like an idea that will continue as each ‘side’ had 30 players volunteering to take part. Naturally to adhere to RFU safety rules some swapping around of players was required in the front row so that it was either adult vs adult of U19 vs U19. Martin Dixon made his services available as referee and we are very grateful to him for doing so for a game that was played in a very competitive, and occasionally feisty, spirit.

The goal of the ‘fixture’ was to introduce the Colts to adult rugby on a day that saw one of last year’s Colts Conor Gracey, and one of this year’s, Ryan Headington, start for the 1st team. Conor having played in games earlier in the season and with Euan Dingwall and Ryan coming off the bench the previous week, the pathway through the club from the Academy is starting to work. Some of the Colts are no strangers to adult rugby having made their debuts for either Exiles or Wanderers during the season and we hope that the effects of this game haven’t put any of them off doing so next season.

An intra-club game such as this threw up some interesting family associations with father vs son,( The Traynors) brother vs brother (The Millers), ref vs son (the Dixons) as well as father and son together (The Dingwalls, Murdochs and Cleavers) as well as some Exile stalwarts who chose to play for the younger side (Darren Messenger and Sam Sandercock, who qualified for both).

With 30 minutes each way and rolling subs the goal was for everyone to get a game and exhaustion not to be a factor. The Exiles played with the wind in the first half and to my view had the majority of the possession and territory. Good tackling was seen from both sides but good interplay in the backs saw Magnus Whittle score for the Exiles with Leo White missing the conversion. 5-0

Post-game comments included observations that the stamina of some of the coaches surprised people; an example being John Traynor playing hooker for the Colts/coaches and reffing the game as well! In John’s defence he was pack leader and was probably trying to counter the barracking he was getting from the sidelines from his son Callum and some of last year’s colts!!!

The second half saw the Colts/coaches combo come to the fore with strong runs from both Colts and coaches, One rampaging run by Paul Barker springs to mind, though by his own admission post game it was limited in distance!

Hugo Chambre made another of those runs, this time over a longer distance bouncing more than one would be tackler to score and bring the scores level. 5-5

The wind was hampering the Exiles clearing kicks, as the Colts/Coaches pressed again it was Gordon Dingwall who was able to go over from close in, with the kick being made the Colts led 12-5.

However the play was not all in the Exiles half and they had 2 marvellous chances to score only for the final pass to be dropped with the line open.

As the game wore on the game became a bit more feisty with coaches and Exiles being warned as to where they put their boots and the scrums becoming full on affairs. Rob Law (Exiles) demonstrated his scummaging power at one encounter demolishing Dave Chapman. As the Exiles pressed for a final score Sam Miller found himself (later in the physio room he had no recollection) laid out flat by a tackle from an offside player. The ensuing penalty, some minutes later, went quickly from Rob Smith, to Ben Peach and a long flat pass to Hugh Pritchard who scored after running it nearer to the posts once over the try line.

Ben Peach took the conversion. With neither team providing a touch judge, Martin judged Ben's kick to have sailed inside the post to tie the game.

Final score 12-12.

John Pritchard

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